Raising Up King David – Jeremiah 30

In a letter to the Judean exiles in Babylon, the prophet Jeremiah sent a message from the Lord.  It was a message of great hope for the future, but also a warning about a difficult trial that will come in the end times.  Other Old Testament prophets foretell of this event, referring to it as the Day of the Lord, and in the New Testament, the seven-year Great Tribulation period. 

After this final, global confrontation against God’s people, the Lord promises to deliver them from their enemies once and for all, bringing them back into their land.  God will then live among them and rule over the entire earth.  People will flock from all over the globe to worship Him in the New Jerusalem, and its residents will serve as a kingdom of priests for global visitors.  It will be an era of great peace and prosperity, and is sometimes referred to as the Millennium.

Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.

‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’
Says the Lord of hosts,
That I will break his yoke from your neck,
And will burst your bonds;
Foreigners shall no more enslave them.
But they shall serve the Lord their God,
And David their king,
Whom I will raise up for them.  Jeremiah 30:7-9 NKJV

At the time of Jeremiah’s letter, King David had already been dead for many centuries.  It is not clear whether this prophecy about David refers to the Messiah Jesus Christ, born in David’s line, or if King David himself will be raised to rule over the region of Israel under the global leadership of Jesus. 

King David was promised by God that he would always have a descendant on the throne of Israel, even into eternity.  But there is nothing to prevent God from literally raising David from the dead and placing him on that throne.

The kings in David’s line had mostly failed in their God-given mission of faith, but this did not negate God’s promise.  Though they were removed from the throne for good and would be replaced by only governors, the coming of Christ rejuvenated David’s kingly line, and the Father is now only waiting for the times of the Gentiles to be fulfilled before placing Christ on the global throne.

The fact that the nation of Israel still exists despite 2,500 years of attempts to eliminate them is evidence of God’s ongoing love for His people.  But He warns that despite these many trials, there will be one final struggle to get through, and it will be the most difficult of all.

In the Olivet Discourse given before His crucifixion, Jesus referred to this time.

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  Matthew 24:29-30 NKJV

The Old Testament prophet Zechariah also refers to this phenomenon.

10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.  Zechariah 12:10 NKJV

After the initial shock, this time of deliverance for God’s people will be a season of forgiveness, reconciliation, and love.  It will bring in the Millennium, an era of tremendous joy, peace, and prosperity for all who seek the face of the Lord.

Reflection

Though we have no control over the events that surround us, God has promised to bring us peace and joy in our hearts if we will turn to Him and His care.  He promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us and will be a shield at our right hand to lift us up and through our own times of trial.  May you enjoy His many blessings today.

Father, thank You for Jesus, who bore all of our sins and failings on the cross.  He did this voluntarily because of His great love for me and others.  Help me to follow after Him closely today, granting blessing and forgiveness to those around me, and reflecting His image.  Make me one step closer to ready to serve Him during Jesus’ coming return and reign on earth.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Note:

A favorite Christmas song that celebrates Christ’s first coming was actually written to celebrate His second, when Jesus will return to rule the world with grace and truth. He will restore blessings, remove the curse of death and suffering, and bring joy to all people and creation.

Joy to the World

Lyrics by Isaac Watts, 1719 Music by Lowell Mason, 1848

1 Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King!
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

2 Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! 
Let men their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3 No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

4 He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of His righteousness
and wonders of His love,
and wonders of His love,
and wonders, wonders of His love.

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